The Express report:

Figures reveal that taxpayers have shelled out £45million in the past two years to hire interpreters who speak more than 150 dialects.

They include one speaking Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland and an expert drafted in by Derbyshire police for a Nigerian who spoke only Pidgin English.

The figures are released by police forces under Freedom of Information rules, showing the cost of dealing with non-English speakers was £21.4million in the financial year to March 2013, and £23.6million to March 2012.

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